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From the Times:
Where is it written that only senators are qualified to become President? . . . Or where is it written that mere representatives aren’t qualified, like Geraldine Ferraro of Queens? . . . Where is it written that governors and mayors, like Dianne Feinstein of San Francisco, are too local, too provincial? . . . Presidential candidates have always chosen their running mates for reasons of practical demography, not idealized democracy. . . . What a splendid system, we say to ourselves, that takes little-known men, tests them in high office and permits them to grow into statesmen. . . . Why shouldn’t a little-known woman have the same opportunity to grow?
…this is from the July 3, 1984 edition. It was written about Geraldine Ferraro.
By the way, I find it as witless as I do most New York Times editorials. I like Governor Palin despite her being unknown, not because she’s an unknown. I’m guessing the Times could find nothing else good to say about Ferraro.
(h/t Jay Nordlinger’s Impromptus on NRO)